09 September 2011

Deadline for SIAC decision pushed back until December

An Bord Pleanala have confirmed that SIAC now have until 6th December to submit new proposals for the development of their site at the junction of Woodford Hill and Monastery Road.

Minister Fitzgerald announced the news stating that, “An Bord Pleanala have requested what I consider to be, significant changes in relation to the proposed development of the SIAC site. These changes would dramatically alter the character of the development and reduce it substantially in size. They were asked to submit new plans by the beginning of September and this deadline has now been pushed back to December.”

Minister Fitzgerald along with her colleague Cllr. Tony Delaney were the only politicians to both object to the planning application and appeal it to An Bord Pleanala. Fitzgerald and Delaney both gave evidence at the Oral Hearing and worked closely with the SIAC Appeal Action Group, who under the leadership of Mairead Carey, represented the concerns of the community at the Hearing.

“The Bord has given a three month extension to the developers who I understand are putting together new proposals for the site. In their latest statutory notice, An Bord Pleanala, laid out a number of conditions which would need to be satisfied in this new plan.

“These include a decrease of almost 50% in the commercial development and a reduction of three blocks in the residential units and a decrease of 50% in the underground car parking spaces. New plans would exclude three blocks of residential units which were to be four and two storey’s in height. These changes would significantly change the scale and mass of the project and represent a huge victory for the community,” explained Fitzgerald.

“It is up to the developers now to submit new plans in accordance with these conditions by the new December deadline.

“Residents, led by Mairead Carey, put forward compelling arguments to the Bord during the recent Oral Hearing and I want to commend them for the huge efforts they put in to this campaign and congratulate them on what I hope will be huge progress,” continued Fitzgerald.

“During my own contributions at the Oral Hearing I detailed the concerns I am hearing on the ground on the potential impact this development would have on residents and the village itself. The development, in its original form, had the potential to affect the sustainability and development of Clondalkin Village. I also delivered a traders petition to An Bord Plenala and their opposition has now written into the record. In their submission the NRA explained that this development would have a huge impact on both national and regional roads. In my evidence I also pointed out that this proposed development is contrary to the Council’s own plans for the development of the village and to the new Development Plan for the area,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald held a number of public meetings when the proposals first came to light and secured an Oral Hearing for the people of Clondalkin after South Dublin County Council granted permission for the development of the site. Frances facilitated a group of local residents who came together to form a SIAC Appeal Action Group and have prepared detailed presentations to be given at the Hearing. Frances Fitzgerald, in conjunction with Cllr. Tony Delaney, was the only public representative to seek an Oral Hearing.

“I will be monitoring SIAC’s response and will continue to liaise with residents,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.

Cllr. Tony Delaney also welcomed the developments stating that he welcomed the development of the site so long as it was developed in an appropriate fashion.